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The Colbert Report from July 31st featured a segment on Wikipedia in which Stephen Colbert encouraged viewers to edit various entries for 'truthiness.' These entries are now locked, by the way. Stephen also coined the new word wikiality, meaning a reality that is easily editable. Good stuff!
Ace newshound pchuck posted this in his journal and frankly it seemed too good to pass up; despite being a day late for Friday Funnies-- Curmudgeony
Some D.C. area 3 year old had a "News Hour with Jim Lehrer"-themed birthday party complete with birthday cake with the Newshour logo and a photograph of the entire cast as frosting.
Here is the Washington Post article from the Reliable Sources column dated 6/15/2006: article
The last line of the article: "All of our guests were really good sports," said the hostess, noting that serving the cake was a little awkward. Do you want ice cream with your Ray Suarez?
This is troubling on sooo many different levels.
K.O. writes "Sadistic punishments abound in this outake from the Japanese show "Gaki No Tsukai" called Silent Library. The premise is simple: can a player quietly endure such penalties as "old man bites tenderly" and avoid getting booted from the library? Much shushing and giggling ensues, leaving this viewer wondering: "could this be the next Iron Chef?" Some Brazilian college students apparently think so... and so may others. Coming soon to a library near you? Watch at YouTube From Japan and From Brazil"
PBS Says The MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data is designed to be a carrier for bibliographic information in a format that can be read and manipulated by library computer systems. TeacherSource MARC records employ Anglo-American Cataloging Rules and Library of Congress Subject Headings. You may copy or download these records to move the bibliographic data into your own catalog to make it easier for your patrons to find the PBS programs you have taped off-air. For more information on MARC 21 or bibliographic formats see:
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Educate Inc., the publicly traded company that tutors thousands of schoolchildren through its Sylvan Learning Centers and sells Hooked on Phonics curricular materials to consumers, recently acquired Reading Rainbow, the PBS children's literacy series that has languished for lack of funding.
Within a year the company plans to give PBS a proposal for revamping the series and making it with a new creative team, said Jinny Goldstein, former PBS senior v.p. of education and recently named v.p. of education and strategy for Educate Products Division.
You could be the next Ken-Jen!
Jeopardy (Q - which TV program provides some of the best entertainment on the tube?) is looking for librarians to sign up as contestants.
From Sony Entertainment: "We're coming to Boston, Chicago, LA, Minneapolis, NYC, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington, DC. We're looking for contestants and we'd love to have librarians and library lovers try out -- please go to: Jeopardy Tryouts.
To register for our upcoming contestant search; appointments are limited, so register soon."
Sex Engines Web writes "The FCC said an episode of the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace" that aired in December 2004 was indecent. It cited the graphic depiction of "teenage boys and girls participating in a sexual orgy http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060315/ap_on_en_tv/tv _indecency"
Oprah Winfrey broke her silence about James Frey's disputed memoir of addiction, "A Million Little Pieces," dismissing allegations of falsehoods as "much ado about nothing" and urging readers who have been inspired by the book to "Keep holding on."
Frey, in his first interview since The Smoking Gun story came out, acknowledged he had embellished parts of the book but said that was common for memoirs and defended "the essential truth" of "A Million Little Pieces."
From Reading Today Daily :
Reading Rainbow, that venerable children's program that has promoted the love of reading among youngsters since 1983, faces a funding crisis, reports Twila Liggett, the program's executive producer and founder. With that in mind, a "Save Reading Rainbow" website has been launched. There, program supporters can sign an online petition of support, prepare a testimonial letter, or make a donation. For further details visit the new website.
At the Save Reading Rainbow site, there's also swag to buy, tools for spreading the word, and Save Reading Rainbow banners you can snag and post on your blog.